Lourdes Alwis


What has been your career path to date?

I graduated from City University London with a PhD in Optical Fibre Sensor Technology in 2013 and received a lectureship in Electrical Engineering from Edinburgh Napier University at the same time. I have also actively engaged in scientific research while module leading several BEng and MSc subjects. I have presented my research work in more than 5 international conferences and have authored over 5 journal publications.

 What is your experience as a woman working in the School of Engineering and the Built Environment?

I have found that being a female does not make any difference within the engineering field. I have not experienced any biasing towards either male or female members. As engineers, our common aim and responsibility of making the quality of life better in the world is a far greater cause in front of which engineers, both male and female, do not have much time to focus on been gender-biased.

 What advice would you give to any female considering working or teaching in the area of Engineering?

I would like to encourage more females to consider engineering as a career. Engineering is a fascinating field and it is encouraging to see more female participation from European and Asian continents in recent conferences I have attended. There are also many opportunities for females considering a career in engineering in terms of scholarships, awards and bursaries. Their main aim is to gender balance this fantastic field. It is my view that we are currently at the “peak” time in history where more and more females start careers in engineering.